Black-bearded Tomb Bats of Khao Chong Pran

Merlin photographing in Khao Chong Pran Cave

Under the watchful eye of the Buddha of Khao Chong Pran, Merlin photographed the bats residing within, netted by Daniel Hargreaves and soon released.

He photographed Black-bearded Tomb Bats (Taphozous melanopogon) and the Intermediate Roundleaf Bat (Hipposideros larvatus).

Black-bearded tomb bat (Taphozous melanopogon)
Black-bearded Tomb Bats in Khao Chong Pran Cave

 

 

 

 

 

This shot was possible because the bats are accustomed to being protected by people in this cave.

 

 

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